Where can HGV drivers get Covid-19 tests?
Many of the Department for Transport’s haulier advice sites, which were set up to help prepare for border readiness during the Brexit transition period, now offer free Covid-19 tests for drivers and crew of HGVs, LGVs, coaches and vans.
Details of the haulier advice sites, located at truck stops and service stations, have been updated on the Government’s website to identify which operate a 24-hour testing service.
Currently, drivers need a negative test result before travelling to:
- the Netherlands
Drivers are advised that the rules can changes without notice and that they should keep up to date with which countries require tests.
To avoid delays, drivers are advised to get tested at an advice site before entering Kent or travelling to other Channel crossing points.
Professional coach drivers who are driving abroad for work can also take a free COVID-19 test at haulier advice sites.
Drivers and crew using Dover and Eurotunnel will get fast-tracked past queues if they get tested and have a valid Kent Access Permit before arriving in Kent.
How to find your nearest haulier advice site
Haulier advice sites are at motorway service stations and truck stops. Most haulier advice sites are open between 6am and 9.30pm, 7 days a week.
Testing service times (as of 30th January):
|Site||COVID-19 testing hours|
|Beaconsfield||6am to 9.30pm|
|Burtonwood (Merseyside)||6am to 9.30pm|
|Cannock Roadking||No testing|
|Carlisle Stobart Truck Stop||4am to 9.30pm|
|Charnock Richard Services northbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|Cherwell Valley||6am to 9.30pm|
|Clacket Lane eastbound||24 hours|
|Cullompton||6am to 9.30pm|
|Doncaster North||6am to 9.30pm|
|Donington Park||6am to 9.30pm|
|Ferrybridge Services||6am to 9.30pm|
|Fleet southbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|Formula Services (Ellesmere Port)||No testing|
|Hartshead Moor (Huddersfield)||6am to 9.30pm|
|Heywood Distribution Truck Stop||6am to 9.30pm|
|Holyhead Truck Stop||No testing|
|Hopwood Park||4am to 9.30pm|
|Junction 38 Services||6am to 9.30pm|
|Leicester Forest East northbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|Leicester Forest East southbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|Lockerbie Truck Stop||No testing|
|Markham Moor||No testing|
|Membury eastbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|Orwell Crossing Truck Stop||4am to 9.30pm|
|Peterborough||4am to 9.30pm (Busy – you may experience delays)|
|Pont Abraham||No testing|
|Reading eastbound||24 hours|
|Rothwell Truck Stop||6am to 9.30pm (Busy – you may experience delays)|
|Rownhams northbound||24 hours|
|Rugby Stobart Truck Stop||24 hours (Busy – you may experience delays)|
|Sandbach northbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|Sandbach southbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|South Mimms||24 hours|
|Stafford northbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|Strensham northbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|Strensham southbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|Sutton Scotney northbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|Sutton Scotney southbound||6am to 9.30pm|
|Tamworth Services||6am to 9.30pm|
|The Stockyard Truckstop Rotherham||6am to 9.30pm, Monday to Friday (7am to 11am and 4pm to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday)|
|Thurrock Services||24 hours (Busy – you may experience delays)|
|Truckhaven (Carnforth)||6am to 9.30pm|
|Watford Gap northbound||No testing|
|Watford Gap southbound||6am to 9.30pm (Busy – you may experience delays)|
|Wetherby Services||6am to 9.30pm|
|Woodall northbound||6am to 9.30pm|
Drivers are advised to visit the Government website for the latest information.